CWD Testing on Urine-Based Deer Lures

Two hunting companies have partnered to fund a CWD study and testing protocol for urine-based deer lures.

CWD Testing on Urine-Based Deer Lures

We recently published a story titled “Hunting Companies Respond to Recent Ban on Urine-Based Deer Lures,” which detailed how three states have announced rules banning urine-based scents. Of course, many deer hunters are not happy about these new regulations.

Recently, scent companies Tink’s and Wildlife Research Center reached out to Grand View Outdoors editors with more information on the complex issue. The unedited text from their letter appears below.

August 2019 letter from Tink’s and Wildlife Research Center:

Wildlife Research Center and Tink’s, the leading manufacturers of quality hunting scents, partnered together to fund a study with CWD Evolution, LLC. that has now led to a CWD testing protocol known as the RT-QuIC test process, that is specifically designed for testing deer urine for CWD contamination. This allows manufacturers of deer and elk scents to test and verify that no CWD is detected in the urine used in their products.

While the risk of urine-based scents spreading CWD is virtually zero, there is a lot of false and misleading information driving policy and regulations regarding urine-based scents and CWD. Unfortunately for hunters, some states have acted on this bad information and actually banned the use of urine-based scents. The test verifies that no detectable levels of CWD are found and provides a final confirmation that the products are safe for use and without risk of spreading CWD.  

“We sought out the most recognized authorities regarding CWD transmission via urine to get their opinion,” said Phil Robinson of Tink’s. “These scientists also happen to be the lead authors of the most commonly misinterpreted studies cited when a urine ban has been put in effect. We are 100% confident that our products pose no risk of spreading CWD. This test is just a confirmation of that fact.”

“Our industry is committed to the health of wild cervids and the sport of hunting,” said Sam Burgeson of Wildlife Research Center. “This is a break-through for our industry and for all the loyal hunters that use our products. This test confirms what we already know and provides a clear and simple tool to keep rule makers from taking this important tradition and tool away from hunters.”

Tink’s and Wildlife Research Center have already begun testing their urine in 2019 and others will be soon to follow. Beginning in 2020, bottles will carry the “RT-QuIC Tested” logo on their labels for easy identification.

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